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The Bruery Otiose

Formerly brewed at The Bruery
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Placentia, California USA
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


on tap


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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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Defined as "serving no practical purpose", the recipe for Otiose was developed during a rare break in the brewing schedule; a recipe we came up with to satisfy our own desires and nothing more. The result is a sour brown ale aged in oak barrels to which we added guava. Riddled with tropical notes which are balanced by it’s malty backbone, Otiose is a rich and decadent sour ale. 8.2%, Cellerable for up to 3 years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (7456) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 23, 2013
Had this at Where The Wild Beers Are. Pours a faintly hazed browned amber with a thin white head. Soft wood, chocolate, acid, old cherries. Cocoa, acid, acetone. Warm malt, lots of acid, chewy roast, acid and cocoa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thomas15 (689) - USA - MAY 18, 2013
Aroma is lemon, tropical fruit notes, some tannic wood aroma. Dark red brown off white head spotty lacing. Taste sour, tart, tannic wood, lemon, tropical fruits. Kind of weird sour seemingly based in a Flanders style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5746) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2013
(750ml bottle thanks to SaucerSam) cloudy as hell, yeasty floaters, ruby-amber. Nose of strawberry, lightly acetic, wet barrel, pedio/lacto. Taste of oak, cranberry, light cherry, tart without vinegar, medium body, cherry and toasted oak linger. Liking the finish a lot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brystmar (1313) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2013 Top notch appearance: dark red body below head and lace which are stubborn beyond reason.

Aroma holds tart fruits and a wine-like oaky character. Guava gets lost on my palate, malt feels slightly out of place, bing cherries dance awkwardly by themselves in the corner. The components are here, they just need to work together better. Wish the fruit shone through more. Needs work.

Updated 7/10: Batch 2. More guava than last time, plenty tart, pretty tasty. I like this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ineedbeer (1103) - Oakland, California, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Aroma is very fruity with notes of cherries and berries. There is quite a bit of acidity as well with both lactic and acetic notes. Some oak notes and only light guava characteristics. Pours a cloudy brown with lots of ruby highlights. The brown is more of a burnt amber. Tan head that recedes fairly quickly to the edges and a thin film on top. Low lacing. Flavor is very acidic with quite a bit of acetic acid notes and lighter lactic character. There is a lot of fruitiness with cherries and berries again dominating. I don’t really get much guava except in the finish. Quite a bit of oak character but only light dark malt notes. Medium low bitterness. A bit of a fusel alcohol note in the finish. Finish is nice and dry and as it warms the guava becomes more apparent. Medium bodied with medium high carbonation. Medium low astringency and moderate alcohol warmth. Overall an alright sour but it needs some fine tuning. This is one of my least favorite sours from the Bruery. The guava doesn’t mix great with the acetic acid notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
burg326 (4442) - Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2013
Bottle shared at weekly Tampa tasting poured an amber red color with aromas of tart fruits, leather, some sour cherries, and some lactic notes. Flavors were the same, tart not overly sour, tart cherries were nice, a great eer overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steve_0 (3270) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2013
Bottle at home with friends. Pour is murky brown with a small tan head that quickly dissipated. Red wine vinegar, acetone, light raspberries, cherries, red wine, dark grapes, and oak in the aroma. Taste is big sour, vinegar, raspberries, nail polish, red wine, blueberries, doughy, sour fruits, light leather, and strawberry with a medium tart finish.Medium body with soft carbonation. Decent sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
adnielsen (10028) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 20, 2013
Bottle @ Stephen’s place. Pours a purplish brown appearance with a light brown head. Big vinegar, cherry, light caramel, a bit spicy aroma. Really sour brown, acetic, bubbly, caramel, vanilla flavor. Bleh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (8522) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2013
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, dark red pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of cherry, slight guava, slight butyric but not bad, hints of oak, prett nice with some vinegar. Taste is a mix of tart fruits, slight cherry, butyric, acid, cherry, finishing fairly sweet, dry, slightly tart.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beaver (1428) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2013
750 ml bottle. Pours dark reddish amber with a creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet and sugary acidic sourness with some fruit.

The flavor is sweet sugary malts with some fruity tartness. There’s quite a bit of acidity and some wood and some mouth-puckering sourness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice sour. A little too sweet for me.

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